SM launches Building and Environmental Inspection Diploma

June 11, 2024 / 2:33 PM
Sharjah 24: In line with the visions and directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to provide the necessary support to human capital, and within the framework of Sharjah Municipality’s (SM) keenness to raise the efficiency of its employees, to ensure the provision of the best services to the emirate and society, the municipality launched the Building and Environmental Inspection Diploma.
The Diploma is launched in cooperation with Sharjah Department of Human Resources (SDHR) and the University of Sharjah, with the aim of nationalising technical professions in Sharjah government and preparing and qualifying trained national cadres to fill these jobs.

His Excellency Obaid Saeed Al Tunaiji, Director General of SM, confirmed that the municipality is participating in the diploma with 20 inspectors from its national employees, working in the fields of environmental inspection and building inspection, to raise their efficiency and capabilities and increase their experience in their fields of work, which contributes to strengthening the municipality’s role in performing its role providing the best services to the emirate and society, contributing to monitoring and reducing violations, and implementing applicable regulations and laws.

Al Tunaiji explained that the diploma comes in partnership with SDHR and the University of Sharjah, during which the university will provide specialised theoretical lectures, workshops, applications and scientific experiments, discussions, dialogues, brainstorming sessions, simulation models and realistic experiments, and scientific case studies of the best practices followed in the fields of inspection. 

Al Tunaiji stated that the diploma is 30 training hours, divided into two semesters, targeting building inspectors and environmental inspectors. The programme plan also contains theoretical and applied study topics, namely explaining the introductions to civil and environmental engineering, the basics of engineering drawing and surveying, occupational security and safety, and civil and environmental legislation and laws.  In addition to building construction, engineering specifications and contracting conditions, general, industrial and hazardous waste management, methods of monitoring and measuring pollutants, statistical methods and data analysis. Then the training concludes with training in the field of specialisation.

His Excellency Engineer Omar Khalfan bin Huraimel Al Shamsi, Member of Sharjah Executive Council (SEC), Head of SDHR, said that in line with the lofty vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah, in investing in human capital.  This cooperation supports the nationalisation of professional work sectors, which consolidates the partnership approach, enhances complementarity between the emirate’s entities and institutions, and confirms the solidity of responsibility for empowering and qualifying Emirati cadres, who are at the forefront of the labour market in competitiveness, and who stand out and grow in their participation in business fields and specialisations.

Al Shamsi added that SDHR commends the complementary role of the supporting partners, Sharjah Municipality and the University of Sharjah, who have taken it upon themselves to support and empower Emirati capabilities, so that this partnership embodies the depth of cooperation that keeps pace with contemporary developments in the work sectors, and meets the aspirations of the wise leadership.

Al Shamsi stressed that SDHR is working to establish qualitative competencies that are compatible with the requirements of business sectors and upcoming development plans, and focuses on providing opportunities and qualification programmes that grant professional certificates that contribute to the development of the professional paths of national employees, and reflect positively on their ability to keep pace with developments and promote sustainable economic development to the UAE.

Professor Dr. Youssef Al Hayek, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Sharjah, stressed the importance of building bridges of cooperation between academic institutions and local institutions with the aim of building integration to serve the public interest of the UAE and contributes to achieving the goals of the national agenda. 
Al Hayek added that cooperation between the university, Sharjah Municipality and SDHR is one of the models that embodies integration through cooperation.
Al Hayek noted that the University of Sharjah, in accordance with its current strategic plan, works to serve and develop society by linking applied scientific research to the needs of society and the labour market. The University of Sharjah also works, through the Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Development, to serve community members seeking work and prepare them to join the labour market providing them with the necessary, as well as developing the skills of workers in the government and private sectors.

It is worth noting that the programme began by conducting in-person interviews at the headquarters of Sharjah Municipality, which included 50 job seekers registered in SDHR system, of whom 20 of those with specialisation were nominated to join the professional diploma.
June 11, 2024 / 2:33 PM

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